Friday, October 05, 2007

Go Sox!

Greetings from all of us here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. I can’t help but wonder what’s going on in outside world right now. Not that all kinds of exciting things aren’t happening, it’s just that the Red Sox are in the American League Playoffs and they already won the first game. It’s Soxtober, don’t you know? And, we just have to set our priorities. First Red Sox baseball, then everything else, in that order. So, if I seem a little distracted, you’ll just have to forgive me. OK?

I will tell you that Halloween is just around the corner. It must be. Because even Home Depot has a Halloween display this year. Pretty weird, I must say. But, here’s my point. If you do shows, Halloween is a proverbial gold mine. And, we have just the stuff you need to spruce up your Halloween program. Just click on the Halloween Button at and check out the goodies.

I am still working on the Reward Points Program. There was just one more hurdle to jump and I think it will be ready for next week. Of course, I will make the big announcement and you can start earning those points!

This coming weekend is Columbus Day Weekend, and we’ve got a grand excitement for you!

COLUMBUS DAY SALE: In 14 Hundred and Ninety Two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Sailed? Did someone say sail? It's Columbus Day Weekend, and since old Christopher is not around to do any sailing, we'll have to do the sale-ing for him! In honor of Columbus' great discovery, we are having our first ever Columbus Day Sale. From right now until Thursday the 11th of October at midnight EST, everything (well, almost everything) is on sale at 25% off the retail price.
This is your chance to pick up the items you have been dreaming about, at unbelievable savings. So, act now!
All you need to do is enter the special code COLUMBUSDAYSALE in the Discount Coupon Box at the bottom of the third page of the online checkout at (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will automatically deduct 25% from your order total. If you are calling your order in to the Toll Free Order Line at 800 874 7400, FAXing your order to us at 781 395 2034 or emailing us your order to make sure and mention the special code so you can save a huge 25%!
There are a few rules that apply, as with all things in life.
• The minimum order to use the 25% off discount is $25.00.
• The 25% is deducted from the retail price of the item. No intermediate discounts (such as HankoGram pricing) may be applied. In the case of sets, such as DVDs and Videos, the 25% is deducted from the retail price of each item and not from the set price.
• Certain items, due to contractual restrictions, are not included in this sale. All Joe Porper items, Paul Harris Prime Time Magic items, Viking/CW items, Kennedy Enterprises items, Colin Rose items, Mike Caveney Books, JB Magic, Martin Breese, Mikame Craft items, Greater Magic Teach-In DVDs, One Of A Kind Collectors' Items and a few other items are not included in the sale.
• If you place an order for an item that is not on this list or not noted in our online catalog, but is excluded from the sale, we will let you know before processing your order.
• Coupons will be deducted from the order total before the discount is applied.
• As the discount is automatically generated, you must put the special code COLUMBUSDAYSALE in the Discount Coupon Box. You may have to scroll to the bottom of the page to find the box, but it is there. If you are not sure how to do this, please phone your order in to our toll-free order ine at 800 874 7400, and we will take care of you. We cannot offer discounts retroactively.
And that's it. It could not be easier. So, get your order together and save yourself some serious money! But, act quickly. The sale ends Thursday at midnight!

And now, to the ever-populating Hotlist.

Time Perception: If you loved Glass Mirage, Butter Coin, Model Bottle or Osmosis, then you’re going to go crazy over Alex Lourido’s newest incarnation!
Time Perception is a mechanical masterpiece that works an audience to frenzy! Its straight-forward approach, combined with its unique storyline, is sure to make this stunning effect a classic. With this handsome set you receive a beautifully engineered, rugged watch capable of multiple effects and a professionally produced instructional DVD!
The instructional DVD leaves nothing to the imagination. You are taught all of the effects that are easily achieved with this mechanical marvel.
From performing stunning card tricks, to achieving mind-boggling coin effects, to performing elegant levitations, this handsome timepiece will find its way into your everyday repertoire. Now, anytime, any place, you’ll be prepared to perform shocking illusions which warp the very essence of time! $59.95 (10.1416)

Killer Badge: Zenneth Kok presents Killer Badge! It’s the coolest accessory. It’s a killer Shrinking Card Case effect!
Two powerful effects are included.
The Killer Opener: The name says it all. One of the best Shrinking Card Case effects ever. A perfect opener for your card act. And, it is almost sleight free!
Card Under the Badge: Cards have been found under a glass and inside a wallet for ages. Now, they have one more impossible location to go!
Includes instructional DVD and special props to use with your own Bicycle deck. $35.00 (30.1268)

Miracle Chip: With this single piece of apparatus you will look like a sleight of hand master. Perform vanishes, transformations, penetrations, find selected signed cards and achieve incredible mentalism. Precision manufacured by JB Magic’s coin specialist.
Along with the gimmicked chip comes an instructional DVD with 9 knockout effects. Each routine is fully performed and taught using the Miracle Chip.
Includes Wayne Dobson’s brilliant mentalism effect, Unique Prediction.
Featured effects: Bare Hand Vanish, In the Deck, Coin thru Glass, Swirl Away, In the Box, Coin thru Table, Chip ‘N’ Change, In the Glass and Dobson's Unique Prediction.
Made from genuine (high grade) poker chips, each deluxe set comes with the Miracle Chip and Matching Chip, Half Dollar, Custom Printed Screen & DVD. $100.00 (10.1414)

Card Catcher: Welcome to the versatile world of the Shufton Card Catcher!
Whether you are at a meet and greet or out on the street, you are always ready to dazzle with the Card Catcher! Instant, stunningly visual magic at your fingertips with playing cards, credit cards, business cards, paper money, written predictions - you are as unlimited as your creativity! And, you are ready to perform again with no reset!
The Shufton Card Catcher is a sturdy, specially constructed window envelope that puts your miracles center stage any time you want. You won't be caught off guard again with the Card Catcher in your pocket! Many stunning, highly visual effects are possible with this precision made, specially die-cut device. Objects will appear, vanish and transpose with ease, leaving your audience spellbound!
Many possible effects, always ready to go:
The Card Catcher: The Card Catcher is empty - they can see into it through the windows! A card is selected, signed and returned to the deck. Tap the deck with the Card Catcher, and a card instantly appears inside! Remove the contents - it is their signed card!
Signed Transposition: An unknown playing card is slid into the Card Catcher. They can see it through the windows at all times. They select a card, sign it and return it to the deck. The card that was put in the Card Catcher before the selection - that has been in full view the whole time - is now removed. It is their signed card!
Torn and Restored Card or Bill: They see a bill or card in the Card Catcher through the windows. Remove the bill or card and tear off a corner, handing it to the spectator for safe keeping. The bill is completely torn up and vanished. A bill can be instantly seen to appear in the Card Catcher! It is removed - the bill has been fully restored, but it is missing a corner. The spectator is still holding the corner, and of course it is an exact match!
Business Card Open Prediction: You write a prediction on the back of one of your business cards, and slide it into the Card Catcher where it remains in full view, though you cannot again touch it. They select a random number, or a birthdate, etc. When the business card is removed, the prediction matches! Not only a stupifying mental miracle, but a great way to give out your business card!
Business Card Transposition: Their business card is slid into the Card Catcher, where it can be seen at all times. A snap of the fingers, and it has changed into your business card!
All of these effects are possible, and many more, with the Shufton Card Catcher!
Painstaking effort and meticulous attention to detail were required to bring you this incredibly versatile prop. Professional artwork, and a booklet crammed full of ideas, concepts and effects make this a pleasure to own, and even more so to perform!
Each Card Catcher is precision made, die-cut, hand assembled and tested to make sure you have a magical device you can be proud to use.
Comes complete with the Card Catcher, an ungimmicked duplicate, and a 28 page booklet, filled with 8 hard-hitting, audience tested routines to get you started! $25.00 (10.1413)

Bunko: Jim Steinmeyer’s remarkable shortchange effect is a no-sleight, fully routined mystery. $20 becomes $19, then $14, then $20...$19 again, and finally $24! For the climax, the sucker ends up getting $13 instead of $20!
Two separate patter stories are included. In one, Al Capone himself gets taken by the infamous Florrie Ireland, a sweet little old lady, candy shop clerk and shortchange artist.
Jim Steinmeyer’s Bunko is a complete close-up routine with 8 specially designed bills, photo-illustrated instructions and two complete presentations. Instructions written by Richard Kaufman.
Dimensions Approximately 6.5" x 3.75" (16.5cm x 9.5cm) $25.00 (10.1412)

Cocktail Card Magic – Bill Abbott – You are being paid to perform magic at a cocktail party. All around you are people that seem to know each other. They’re laughing, engrossed in conversation, busy eating and drinking. And your job is to entertain these busy people, to crash their otherwise meaningful conversation and show them some magic. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. And, since you are being paid, that someone is you.
In this book, Bill Abbott teaches you what he has learned from years in the Cocktail Magic Trenches. It is good, solid advice and will definitely help you on the road to being a better Cocktail Magic performer.
Contents include:
The Art of Cocktail Magic
$25.00 (BK001543)

Incredible Coincidence: From Eduardo Kozuch, this one is really an Incredible Coincidence!
Display a Jumbo Card in a transparent holder.
The spectator freely chooses a card from a Bicycle poker-size deck. The card is placed on the stand along with the Jumbo Card. Both cards have their backs towards the audience.
Turn the stand around to show the face of the Jumbo Card. Let’ s say it’s the Seven of Spades.
When you remove the Jumbo Card from the stand, the chosen card can be seen. It is also the Seven of Spades. An Incredible Coincidence!
You will love performing this one! Your audience will love watching it. It is 100% mechanical and really easy to do. And the stand is 100% transparent.
Great magic for $27.50 (30.1267)

Himbering Ways: A Mini-Himber Wallet including six easy-to-perform routines.
Each effect is explained thoroughly detailing materials required, set up and performance.
* The Card That Never Was
* Add-a-Number
* Uneasy Money
* The Printing Press
* Examinable B'Wave
* Prints Of Darkness
Manufactured by Tony Curtis in association with Stephen Tucker, so you know the quality is excellent. $45.00 (10.1415)

My Card: They will say, “How did you do that?”
You will say, “Here’s my card, call me for your next event!”
Show the spectator your business card. "Printed on the reverse is a prediction."
The spectator chooses a playing card from a packet of four cards. Show the prediction printed on the reverse side of the business card. It matches the chosen card!
Place the chosen card and business card into the spectator’s hands. Magically cause the printed prediction on the back of your business card to vanish and reappear on the back of the chosen playing card! The other three playing cards are turned over to show that no printing is found on them.
Give the spectator your business card to keep! Your business card is in plain view at all times. It never leaves their sight! Only one business card is used, yours! No switching of cards. No fancy moves!
This is a great way for you to put your business card into the hands of the spectator to get more bookings!
Comes complete with gimmick, special four card packet, business card holder and instruction sheet. $24.95 (30.1266)

Backstage Elephant Vanish: Offer to teach the audience how to vanish an elephant!
Display a draped tray, a picture of an elephant and two boards to "cage" the elephant.
Turn your back to the audience, and perform the effect for an imaginary audience in front of you, while the real audience has a backstage view of the working.
Place the two boards on the tray.
Show the elephant card, and drop it between the two boards.
Remove the boards and show them on both sides. The elephant has vanished!
The real audience however, has seen how the effect is accomplished, because they have seen the elephant card drop through a slot in the tray into a ribbon harness underneath.
The elephant is not visible from the front, being concealed by the drape.
Offer to repeat the effect, this time with the real audience in the front.
Again place the two boards on the tray, and drop the elephant between them.
Remove the boards and freely show on both sides. The elephant has vanished.
Explain that there may be a few clever people in the audience who
Have figured out that the elephant is behind the drape.
As you say this, turn the tray around so that the audience sees the
elephant hanging in the ribbon harness behind the drape.
Show this happen, you continue, you have no recourse but to use some "real magic".
Turn the tray, drape side again facing audience.
Gesture dramatically to make the elephant vanish, then peel away the drape to show the elephant has indeed vanished!
Both the drape and tray are freely shown all sides, with no trace of the elephant.
Inspired by Jack Hughes' Lady Vanishes. This is a larger stage version with an elephant card instead of a playing card,
and some modifications, so that the tray appears narrower than the elephant card that vanishes.
Supplied with all the required props, ready to work, with complete instructions. $64.95 (60.1468)

Ignition Impossible: Menny Lindenfeld presents Ignition Impossible by Koontz
Remove a match from a matchbox and hold it at your fingertips.
Gaze at the match and demonstrate your supernatural powers by causing it to ignite all by itself. Additionally, you can cause the match to first produce smoke and only then to ignite.
* Regular match.
* Works with most common matches.
* No special moves of any kind.
* Ignite the match at your command.
* Very easy to use.
* Electronic hidden gimmick does all the work for you.
Comes complete Ignition Device, 1 AAA battery, gimmicked matchbox, cleaning kit and photo-illustrated instruction sheet. $75.00 (60.1477)

John Rogers' Best Stand Up Routines DVD: Camirand Academy of proudly presents two exceptional stand-up routines from the professional repertoire of award-winning magician John Rogers.
Walrus Three Ball Routine: John has solved many of the classic problems associated with three-ball routines. There is no table required, no net, no audience volunteer, and you can perform the routine for large groups. One ball vanishes and reappears repeatedly, then two more balls are introduced, whereupon the balls begin to travel invisibly from one location to another in very magical (and often funny) ways. Finally, all three balls vanish at once, leaving both your hands empty.
Will Rogers Rope Routine: A four minute professional treatment of the latest techniques in rope magic, resulting in a crisp, tight, magical experience for even the most savvy audiences.
All the explanations have been filmed from both the audience and performer’s view and taught with attention to detail. Plus, as a bonus, the DVD also includes some excellent magic from John’s close-up repertoire, using cards, rubber bands and finger rings. $29.95 (DVD00774)

PK Putty: An easy to use ferromagnetic wax for shimming coins, cards, bills, plastic silverware, business cards, just about anything!
This combo pack includes both sticky soft wax and hard anchor wax made ferromagnetic with iron additive. For use with general PK tricks, including PK ring applications. Use as supplied or mix soft and hard wax together for desired consistency.
• Shim items on the fly!
• Wax is very easy to control!
• Becomes magnetic temporarily!
• Convenient, pocket size containers!
Just a dab of wax on the back of a dollar bill, playing card, or coin will make it attractive to magnets. PK Putty is versatile, but it doesn't come with instructions. The tricks are up to you!
Contains about 15 grams of soft and hard PK Putty, combined. $6.00 (70.951)

And that’s all the great new stuff for this week. I know it’s a lot, and I hope it doesn’t cause you to swoon. Just take your time and check it all out. And, don’t forget that our Columbus Day Saving event continues until Thursday at midnight, so you can really save a lot. Perhaps even enough to buy three boats and set sail to discover a new world!
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As always, I hope you will find some time during this busy weekend to spend with us online at or in person at our deluxe showroom at 102 North Street in Medford.
Either way, we love the company.
Hank Lee